Living Waters for the World - Water of Life newsletter
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  LWW teams are connected, you bet  
   How do you define "connectionalism"? Well, try this:
   A new LWW team from Crossroads Presbyterian Church in Mequon, Wis., with a connection in the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico, plans to send someone to check on a system previously installed by a group from Richmond, Ky., whom they have never met.
   Not only that, but the Mequon team also is in conversation with a team from Edmond, Okla., about their common interest in the San Cosme area of the Yucatan, working with the Reformed Church.
   David Coleman of First Presbyterian in Richmond explained in a message to Patti Pyle and Doug Depies of
  the Mequon church that two years ago they had installed a system in the village of Yaxcheku and had made two follow-up visits.
   The Richmond church then shifted its emphasis to work in Honduras, but subsequently learned of a change in the situation at Yaxchecu, which is not far from where the Wisconsin group planned to work. Rather than arrange a special trip to Mexico, the Richmond group learned through LWW channels that the Mequon group planned to be working nearby.
   That's where connectionalism kicked in!
Joanie Lukins of Danville, Ky., moderates LWW's Yucatan Network coordinating team..
  Spreading the word, at home and across the globe

   In recent months LWW supporters have been telling our story in places ranging from Nashville, just a few miles from the LWW home office, to the other side of the world in Ghana.
   Many of us feel that there is great potential for the ministry of LWW to expand with partners from many different U.S. denominations. To this end we exhibited at the General Assembly of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Nashville in July (see preceding page).
   As you know, the Presbyterian Church (USA) has mission co-workers stationed in dozens of countries around the world. There are also networks for many of those countries which promote cooperation between PCUSA mission coworkers and church groups involved in those countries. And, of course, LWW has network coordinating teams in many of those same countries. Cooperation between these networks seems like a natural.
   In a recent wonderful example, Jim Levernier and Buddy Nix worked with LWW's Ghana network coordinating team but also cooperated with the PCUSA-Ghana network. That network had a meeting in Akropong, Ghana, in June, Jim and Buddy were able to arrange for the

    Buddy NIx reviews the workings of the LWW system at Akropong, Ghana, during a meeting of the PCUSA-Ghana network in June 2011.
    group to visit an LWW installation that was within walking distance of the meeting site.
   LWW has a number of other fruitful relationships with PCUSA mission co-workers: Joella Holman in the Dominican Republic, Tracy King-Ortega in Honduras and Nicaragua, Philip Beisswenger in Guatemala are other examples.
   All of us involved with LWW are urged to be alert to building relationships with these mission co-workers.
     It is another good way to promote the work of "Clean Water for All God's Children."
   As always, please keep me informed ( when you make an LWW presentation and feel free to contact me with any speaker requests or related questions.
Bill Reed of Dover, Del., coordinates volunteer and staff LWW presentations for the Development and Awareness Team.